Arkansas is in the middle of a scheduling quirk that was almost certainly done by design. Texas State will be the second of three consecutive pass happy teams from the state of Texas faced by Arkansas. With Texas A&M looming in the week after, it makes sense that the Hogs found a team, albeit a less talented one, to prepare them for that weekend. It's also a nice recruiting touch. Recruiting in Texas has always been huge for the Hogs, and getting some wins against those in state teams certainly helps the cause.
The Hogs playing all of these aerial threats means the secondary is going to be tested a whole bunch. One of the players who passed that test against TCU was Ryan Pulley. He hasn't gotten a ton of playing time, but he got a big test having to cover TCU's Taj Williams, who didn't get a catch while being defended by Pulley. It sounds like Paul Rhodes has been a really positive impact on his development, which can only mean good things for the Razorback defense.
Because Arkansas was in one of the few big games of week 2, their individual performances got a lot of attention. Several Razorbacks made it on TeamSpeedKills' players of the week after the win. Five players were put on the Second Team, Ryan Pulley was First Team, and Brooks Ellis was their SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Granted, a lot of SEC teams were playing scrubs, but this is just another example of how big of a weekend it was for Arkansas.
Since Arkansas/Texas State really doesn't catch the eye of a ton of media, there aren't a ton of previews out there. This week could be huge for Arkansas in the SEC West race though. Check out a preview of what else is going on in the SEC because this week could really bring some clarity to the conference. Auburn/Texas A&M, Alabama/Ole Miss and LSU/Mississippi State all will get the SEC West race kickstarted this weekend will probably have a big impact on race come November.
And for your Bret Bielema story of the week, it's well known that he met his wife Jen at a casino in Las Vegas. As it turns out, that wasn't even the best part of the story. He led with a fake story of how he was a history professor. What classes of Professor Bielema you be signing up for? Apparently European Religions. No word yet on whether that will become available at the You of A anytime soon.